Unique Astronomy Site: Lost Lake Resort

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Primarily used for its extensive outdoor areas, Lost Lake Resort also provides a great degree of amazing astrophotography opportunities! It has become more popular over the past few years due to its visibility on social media platforms, so get there early! As the Portland area grows, this area has seen an increase in light pollution. This site has been become more popular due to Instagram and other social media sites sharing the photo from here!

This is one of many astronomical sites that are in the Columbia River Gorge area and Mt. Hood, which include Rooster Rock State Park, and Vista House.


  • Light Pollution: Rural Sky –> Blue Zone
  • Who Uses This Site: N/A Open to the public
  • Gear that one can bring: Anything, depending on where gone!

There are a few spots on the lake that get a great spot on Instagram! Some of the hikes are worth it at the night if one is willing to go for it.

The resort is typically open in May to September/October. There might be snow other times of the year. For more information, check their website http://lostlakeresort.org

View of Mt. Hood from Lost Lake Resort
View From A Lost Lake Resort Trail Source: Mike


  • How far outside of Portland? ~91 miles, about 1 hour 45 minutes without traffic
  • Google Maps Location


  • # of spots: 30+
  • Cost For Parking: $9 day + night fee if necessary
  • Where Permit(s) Can Be Obtained: General Store

Overnight Accommodations

  • # of Accommodations: 148 campsites
  • Types of Accommodations: Tents, cabins, and more 🙂
  • Cost for accommodations: Depends on length of stay
  • How far in advance to book: Several days or weeks depending on time of year and desires



Current Seeing Conditions/Forecasts

The chart above is courtesy of ClearDarkSky.com and the chart below is courtesy of Clearoutside.com

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